CORY WOOD, SECOND BASEMAN
|Born: June 26, 1997
Drafted: 19th Round, 574th Overall, 2019
How Acquired: Draft
College: Coastal Carolina University
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Wood is a second baseman with a good bat and a very patient approach. As a junior, he batted 315/462/435, with 60 walks and 43 strikeouts in 232 ABs. He also stole 20 bases in 23 tries, although MLB Pipeline characterizes his speed as dropping from above-average to average between his sophomore and junior seasons. His power is below-average; as a reference point, his team as a whole slugged .503 in 2019. As a freshman and sophomore, Wood had nearly identical numbers, with an OPS of .820 and .825, respectively. MLBP states that his defense will need to improve.
Wood was the primary second baseman at West Virginia and also started nine games at short. His slash line was very close to league average. He didn’t handle LHPs well, with a .588 OPS against them. He had a .691 OPS against RHPs.
Long term, Wood seems likely to settle into a utility role unless he takes a step forward on offense.
|2021: Minor league contract
MiLB Debut: 2019
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2022
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 5, 2019: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 19th round, 574th overall pick; signed on June 12.|